Eggscellent Easter running from everybunny!

Don’t worry, I heard the groans and I promise that is the end of the Easter puns. It’s clear that you all made the most of the four-day weekend to really earn your chocolate eggs, so without further ado we will take a chronological tour through the long weekend of running.

Sudbury Fun Run

Four GBRC members turned Good Friday into ‘Fun Friday’ and completed the Sudbury Fun Run (5 miles). Those who attended said it was a well-organised race. Jon Mann was the first blue vest home in 31:55, followed by Rob Blackman (32:55), Meera Rajoo-Oakley (39:26) and Anna Mills (46:06).

Parkrun

38 of us enjoyed an Easter parkrun, mostly at the usual locations of Ipswich, Maldon, Clacton, Harwich, Felixstowe, Highwoods, Colchester and Markshall. Grainne Hallahan was the 9th female at Felixstowe (24:24), Jo Weatherall was first in her age category at Clacton (34:52), and Emma Wakeling was lucky number 100 at Clacton (31:00), going 55 seconds faster than 3 weeks ago. We are all enjoying watching your progress, Emma!

Some ventured further afield for the Easter weekend. Craig Mitchell and Richard Flutter were 5th and 16th at Dolgellau parkrun (18:43 and 20:16 respectively). Martin Owen confusingly went to ‘Castle parkrun’, which is in Bishop’s Stortford and is not to be confused with Colchester Castle parkrun. He finished in 24:02 and would recommend the carrot cake, if not the parkrun. Lisa Briggs completed York parkrun (29:52) to get a Y for her parkrun alphabet, and Rob Dyer and Caroline Talbot went to Cyclopark parkrun. This sounded so intriguing I had to find out more, and I learned that it is ‘two out and backs along route 177 National Cycle Network’. Sounds like it could be a fast one if you’re ever in the Gravesend area!

As always, you can find our full parkrun results on the consolidated club report.

At Colchester Junior parkrun, Ella Simpson achieved a PB of 10:10, and the Hallahan girls (future pop band?) achieved 2 PBs and a marathon wristband between them.

Bromley 10k

On Easter Sunday, a large number of blue vests could be found at the start line of the Bromley 10k (once they had made it out of the registration and toilet queues!) With beautiful sunshine and a course that’s flat as a pancake, it’s no surprise that there were so many great runs and a number of personal bests.

There were so many of us running that I will direct you to view the full results here, but I have listed the personal best times/achievements that I am aware of below:

Harry Swinbourne – 37:17 (unbelievably, his first official 10k –what a debut!)

Charlie Keitch – 37:42

Paul Smith – 47:48

Bev Shortley – 49:37 (PB and 5 stars!)

Lisa Briggs – 49:39

Leoni Harvey – 53:55

Darren David – 55:01

Louise Balfour – 55:33

Norma Smith – 56:36

Marion Simmons – 58:57 – her first post-Covid race and a 3 star performance

I’m not sure if it was a PB, but I would also like to congratulate Gary C for the great determination he showed in completing the race in 1:14:17, alongside the ever-supportive Barbara Law. Well done to everyone who ran at this event!

Colchester Easter “Fast” 1 Mile, 5k and 10k

Grainne Hallahan and Jon Mann represented the club at this event held at the Northern Gateway Sports Venue, and they certainly lived up to the “fast” part! Despite already racing twice this weekend, Jon completed the 5k in 18:49 (2nd male V40) – he must have a good medal/finishing goods haul for the weekend! Grainne Hallahan achieved a PB of 48:11 in the 10k and was rewarded with a podium finish for 3rd female. Congratulations Grainne!